David Gilmour's third solo album, On An Island - which was released in 2006 - hit the number one spot on the UK album charts, and was certified platinum. At the time it came out, for a limited time you could get your hands on the album on a very nicely put together vinyl package, which included a large poster within its gatefold loveliness.
As is common with many such things, this edition quickly sold out in most places, and if you take a look around now, those offering decent quality examples of the album normally put a price of up to £200 for it. However, we have some great news for you!
This coming Friday, October 9th, a limited edition, 180 gram heavyweight vinyl reissue is taking place, and orders can be placed through this direct link for despatch on release. As yet we don't know if the reissue is presented in the same way as the original - i.e. with the gatefold sleeve, and large poster, but we suspect it will.
Just announced, on the day following the worldwide screening in selected cinemas of Roger Waters The Wall for one night only, is the long-awaiting home release of the movie. It is being released as a digital download, as a DVD, a Blu-ray, and a 2-disc Blu-ray special edition, on November 16th, 2015. The physical editions are now available to order through selected outlets, and we have details below of what each edition contains.
There is also an additional release: an album of the Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack is set for release later this year (although no exact date is specified) via Sony Music. We suspect that this will be the concert itself, rather than the film soundtrack which of course is intercut with Roger's moving road trip.
For those who weren't able to see it last night, Roger Waters The Wall, written and directed by Roger Waters and Sean Evans combines an immersive and undeniably epic concert experience of the classic Pink Floyd album, a road movie of Waters' reckoning with the past, and an anti-war protest film, highlighting the human cost of conflict. Roger said: "I'm glad that we have an opportunity to share the film with people on a wider scale. It has had a deep effect on my life; and I'm not the only one. This release provides an opportunity to remember all of our fallen loved ones."
Just a reminder for you: on Saturday (October 3rd) is the world premiere of Ron Geesin - An Improvised Life which is a new, one hour documentary that explores the life of this remarkable, yet largely unsung, artist through a mixture of live performance, interviews, film extracts and archive material. The film includes never before seen footage of Ron Geesin and David Gilmour at the 2008 Atom Heart Mother concert at London's Cadogan Hall, which featured blistering guitar and pedal steel work from David.
The film has interviews with David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Pete Townshend, Peter Gabriel, Robert Wyatt and Bridget St John amongst many others.
Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the director, Tom McInnes, and with Ron Geesin himself. An event not to be missed!
Two weeks ago (September 14) I had the pleasure of attending the 'sneak preview' of the new motion picture concert / documentary film by Roger Waters and co-creator Sean Evans titled 'Roger Waters - The Wall' (Picturehouse Entertainment/Fathom Events). The film was screened to a small audience in an intimate 88-seat theater in New York, not visible from the street. Fitted with a state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos sound system, The Screening Room was an ideal location to view the film for the very first time. This particular theater is not open to the public. It's used for private screenings only.
Dolby 88 features Dolby Atmos, the most significant development in cinema audio since surround sound. It creates a natural and life-like environment that reflects the artist's intent. Dolby Atmos employs overhead speakers, accommodates up to 128 audio streams, and enables sound to move smoothly and precisely around the theatre.
What made the evening even more memorable, is that Roger Waters was present for the film's entire screening! He gave a short welcome speech from the front row and thanked everyone for coming. He took a seat three rows in front of me and fully enjoyed himself as we all did! Once the film had ended and the house lights were turned on, he turned to the audience and again expressed his thanks to us for coming. He waved goodnight and exited through a side door.
Fast forward to last evening (September 28), and I find myself directly across the street at NY's Ziegfeld Theatre for the 'world premiere' of the same film - another noteworthy New York City Roger Waters event. I check-in at the security desk, confirm I'm on the VIP guest list, pick-up my entry ticket at the box office, and make my way to the lobby to look for familiar faces...